Staunton, VA (PressExposure) July 11, 2008 -- Telluride Bluegrass Festival boasts on its website that it has the âsmartest audience in the countryâ, so when Virginia-based singer/songwriter Nathan Moore was named 2008 Telluride Troubadour on June 21, he had a tall order to fill. The festival crowd swelled throughout the weekend to an estimated 10,000 and had already listened to legends like Arlo Guthrie, Leftover Salmon, Ricky Skaggs, and Bruce Hornsby when Moore took the stage. He had impressed the judges; he had fifteen minutes to impress festival-goers. And while Moore has performed with bands at his fair share of festivals in the last fifteen years, when he stepped onto the main stage at the thirty-five year old Colorado tradition, it was just him, the brand new custom-made guitar he was awarded as the winner, and âthe largest crowd Iâve ever played for in my lifeâ.
JamBase said this about Moore a few years ago: âAs troubadours go, they don't come much truer than Nathan Moore. Nathan has a genuine communion with the lyric and craft of song...an emotive and experienced voice influenced largely by Dylan, Tom Waits,Bukowski, Leonard Cohen and years of travel..." and his performance at Telluride followed suit. Nathan played three songs--two favorites suggested by family members from back home in the Shenandoah Valley, and a fresh tune he wrote âin true troubadour traditionâ while getting to know the new guitar and celebrating the victory around the campfires of the festival the night before. The audience roared their approval as Moore's long-time fans listened via a live streaming feed on the Internet.
Moore is familiar to summer festival fans out west in his incarnations as the front man for the innovative folk-bluegrass-jamband TheMuseMeant and his indie rock collaboration with The Slip known as Surprise Me Mr. Davis, but the appearance at Telluride comes at the end of his first year of dedicated solo work. Critics have touted Moore as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation, and the honor at Telluride accents a growing appreciation among fans and industry professionals for his prolific and heart-felt gift. His 2007 solo album âIn His Own Worldsâ spent 21 weeks on the Roots Music Radio Charts, and Moore was featured on the cover of State of Mind music magazine in early 2008.
Nathan will be touring California and recording with Surprise Me in July, then traveling solo in Colorado, New Mexico and on the East Coast from August through October. He heads back to California in November to celebrate the digital-only release of his new solo album, âYou Yeah Smokinâ Hotâ. The CD was recently recorded at the independent Frogville Records studio he co-founded five years ago in Santa Fe, NM.
Tour dates, bio, photos and more information available at: http://www.nathanmoore.org.